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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Nursing Economic$ Volume 27, Issue 4, July-August 2009, Pages 251-254. Copyright © Jannetti Publications, Inc. .


In this article, the first of two on this topic, the importance of leadership and succession planning will be defined, desired leadership competencies identified, different opportunities and approaches for succession planning identified, and organizational strategies identified, as well as personal strategies, that may be employed for leadership succession planning. In the second article, in an upcoming issue of Nursing Economic$, the role played by multiple generations in building talent and leadership succession planning will be described.

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